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Call For Speakers: Applying and speaking at conferences

Tutti Quintella
December 20, 2020

Call For Speakers: Applying and speaking at conferences

Slides for my talk about public speaking. Items covered: choosing a topic and an audience, writing your speaker bio, crafting your content (storytelling, slide design, language & tone), finding and applying to speak at events and conferences, preparing for your talk.

The full written article can be found on my personal website: https://tuttiq.me/call-for-speakers/

Tutti Quintella

December 20, 2020
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  1. Call For
    Speakers
    Applying and speaking at
    conferences

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  2. Who's speaking?
    Tutti Quintella (@tuttiq)
    From
    ⇒ ⇒
    Software Engineer
    ⇒ Manager
    D&I and L&D Manager @ Mercari
    Director of Women Who Code Tokyo
    Engaged in representing people and
    leadership since college (~2009)
    Public speaker since 2018
    (conferences, panels, etc)

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  3. 01
    04
    CHOOSING A TOPIC
    AND AN AUDIENCE
    APPLYING AND
    PREPARING
    02
    03
    WRITING YOUR
    SPEAKER BIO
    CRAFTING YOUR
    CONTENT

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  4. Reject yourself before
    you even try
    DON'T
    Try to please or
    interest everyone
    Try to make it perfect
    or bullet-proof
    DON'T
    DON'T

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  5. Remember everyone has
    something unique to say
    DO
    Set and care for your
    target audience
    Practice, rehearse and
    get feedback
    DO
    DO

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  6. General /
    conceptual
    knowledge
    Sweet
    spot!
    Your personal
    experiences
    Textbook,
    Lecture
    Your diary,
    Stand-up comedy
    What should I talk about?

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  7. Topic Brainstorming
    What do you care about?
    What have you done?
    What do you know that people aren’t talking
    about?
    What are you learning?
    What was the last article/presentation you
    disagreed with or felt was not good enough?
    What did you do for the first time recently?
    What do you wish someone told you a year
    ago?

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  8. Narrow your audience
    Who are the event attendees?
    Level of experience or
    knowledge of the topic
    Previous background
    Interests and goals
    Think of a persona

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  9. Speaker bio
    Who's talking?
    Why are you qualified to
    talk about this topic?
    Write using the third person
    Follow the guidelines (if any)
    Short (1 paragraph) and mid
    version (2 paragraphs)

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  10. Crafting your
    content
    Storytelling
    01
    Slide design
    02
    Language & tone
    03

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  11. 01
    04
    CHOOSING A TOPIC
    AND AN AUDIENCE
    APPLYING AND
    PREPARING
    02
    03
    WRITING YOUR
    SPEAKER BIO
    CRAFTING YOUR
    CONTENT

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  12. 01
    04
    BACKGROUND
    CONTEXT
    WHERE TO START
    RESULTS / CONCLUSION
    LESSONS LEARNED
    MOVING FORWARD
    (OR NOT)
    02
    03
    PROBLEM
    INTRODUCTION
    WHAT COMES NEXT
    POSSIBILITIES
    SOLUTION ATTEMPS
    TRIAL & ERROR
    UNEXPECTED EVENTS

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  13. Slide design
    Slides with a lot of small text and low contrast are hard to read and digest the whole
    information on a glance. The audience has to choose if they will focus on trying to read
    the slide contents or pay attention to what the speaker is saying, which is never a great
    experience for your audience. Also, what is the end goal of your slides in the first place?
    Are you using them as your speaker notes so you can remember your lines (like a script)?
    Are you using them as an illustrated textbook that you want to share later without your
    talk attached to it? Ideally, for a live presentation, your slides goal should be purely to
    illustrate and guide your audience through what you are talking. There are other (better)
    ways to achieve the other goals. You can use the speaker notes section or a separate
    document to write your text. You can add hidden/skipped slides with extra text that you
    will not present, but will include when you share the slide deck later. Or you can go ahead
    and write a blog article for that ;)

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  14. Slide design
    Little & structured text
    Big font
    High-contrast
    Illustrations, photos
    Design consistency
    Tips
    Canva.com
    Free slides themes
    Unsplash, Pexels
    Freepik, Undraw
    Colorhunt, Coolors
    Resources

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  15. Language & tone
    Inclusiveness
    Level of fluency (on the
    language and the topic)
    Tone: casual, serious,
    inspiring, honest, funny
    What feelings do you wanna
    cause in your audience?
    Avoid extremes

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  16. Stop trying to
    make it perfect
    Off you go, start applying already!!

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  17. Where can I find speaking
    opportunities?

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  18. Speaker Bio
    Title
    Description
    Talk outline, key takeaways
    Target audience / topic track
    Previous speaking experience
    Common information asked:
    Applying to
    events

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  19. Write a script for each slide
    (but don't read it at the day)
    Rehearse (maybe record?)
    Start at small events or
    internal meetings
    Ask for feedback
    On the day, just relax (accept
    your first times will suck)
    Preparing
    for your talk

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  20. https://speakher.jp

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  21. Thank you
    And hope to see you speaking at some
    events in the future! :)
    Tutti Quintella
    https://tuttiq.me
    @tuttiq

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